A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.
The Japanese public broadcaster NHK has warned residents that a one-meter tsunmai was expected in Miyagi Prefecture.
The earthquake occurred 20 minutes ago, 57 km northeast of Sendai-shi, reported the European Seismological Center for the Mediterranean.
It struck at 6:09 p.m.
The warning states: “It is dangerous in the sea or near the coast. Anyone in the sea should get out of the sea immediately and leave the coast.
“The tide will continue to be fast. Please do not go out to sea or approach the coast until the warning is cleared.”
Yoshihide Suga, the country’s prime minister, called for a crisis meeting at his Tokyo residence in response to the quake.
Severe tremors have been reported in the nearby Namie, Fukushima and Sendai areas, with several reporting power outages in these areas as well.
Tohoku Electric Power Network Co. said about 200 households in Miyagi Prefecture were affected by power outages.
Photos on social media show trembling offices, furniture and shelves in disarray.
There were no immediate damage reports.